Overseas Filipino workers and their dependents who were hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis received scholarship grants from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for a headstart at a new life.
Some 71,251 online enrollments were logged from March 16 to Sept, said Sec. Isidro Lapeña, TESDA chief.
Sought-after occupations at the moment are those related to agriculture, construction, health and wellness, Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM), and marketing, said Lapeña.
"Based on our survey, those who trained with us have an 85-percent employability rate," he said. "(Also) We give focus to these fields that would likely give more employment opportunities to our countrymen during this time."
Aside from the trainings, the agency has also introduced "TESDA Abot Lahat and OFWs," which expedites the registration process of OFWs and dependents to programs using the TESDA mobile app.